We had the good fortune of connecting with Rob Zambrano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rob, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think the most important factors behind my success is not only my ability to get the job done, but to deliver the best quality product that meets and usually exceeds the expectations of the person/company I’m working for. You’re only as good as your reputation so staying on top of every tiny detail is extremely important. The work ethic I work by is: do the kind of work that you would be excited to show others.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I fell into this line of work by chance and to be honest I never saw myself doing this line of work. I work as an actor from and would see that there was a demand for people that can enhance filmmaking through special effects makeup. I have an artistic background, but I’ve never worked with makeup. I met an artist on set that does beauty makeup and she introduced me to the people at Techland. I started with the basic layout that they recommended and began to dabble with it. Over time, I began to learn how the brushes work through trial and error and it started to snowball from there. I started to reach out to filmmakers and offer my work. Cut to today, I’ve come a long way from figuring out how brushes work. The job always requires you to become creative in order to bring their vision to life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a tough one giving our current situation. Houston and It’s surrounding area is filled with endless things to do. I’m a father, so most of my activities would be aimed towards that. I enjoy the zoo, aquarium, theres a crocodile farm called Crocodile Encounter (I believe) where you can take a tour and hold baby crocs.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s difficult to name just one person because I’ve been fortunate enough to have a vast network of support. As far as mentors in this specific line of work, the two that have guided me the most are Gino Chelakis and Katie McKinney that work at Techland Houston.